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Beauallen

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12-01-2018 03:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: milling lumber mahogany

Hey? guys, I’m looking for some advice from those who have much experience in the lumber/woodworking world then I do since I am ju?st a hobbyist. I live in south Florida and have been collecting and milling exotic woods that grow as planted yard trees. Mostly Cuban mahogany (actually native to Florida), rosewood, mango, and monkey pod. All of these trees are “urban salvaged” from storms and normal removals.

I have started to ask around and sell s?ome large mahogany slabs that I have. I would hope to think there would be somewhat of a demand for these exotic woods that are sourced domestically and sustainably but I’m not sure.? ??Do you guys think I could ever develop a market for this?


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#1 posted 12-01-2018 03:42 AM

I would think it depends on what your material looks like. How are you handling it ,do you have the ends sealed so the slabs don’t have long splits. Are they stickered and clean etc.
Let’s see some pics we like pics.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 12-01-2018 05:26 AM

Yea the quality of the slabs are pretty good, no real cracking. Most of them have been kiln dried as well.

Here are some pictures

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#3 posted 12-01-2018 05:43 AM

I can’t speak for Florida specifically, but wide live edge wood seems to be a huge thing right now. I live in Ohio, and all of my local wood haunts are pushing live edge slabs, even of domestic woods.

Like any other high end lumber it will live and die by it’s price point, versus the quality, and scarcity, of the wood.

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 12:50 PM

Beau – what part of “South Florida” are you in ?
have you done any research into importing/exporting
exotic woods into and out of certain parts of the country ?

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#5 posted 12-01-2018 01:19 PM

Beau, I live in Ft. Myers I also had a Mahogany slabbed, thanks to Irma. (also a large Oak). Where are you? I might be interested.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 12-01-2018 04:28 PM

This can be like selling a 1929 Hupmobile “barn find.” The buyer has to have a vision for what he/she would do with the Cuban Mahogany, and is willing to pay – how to get it home, the equipment for working it. The value will be whatever the buyer & seller agree on. I have seen slab tables for $40,000 in Seattle.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#7 posted 12-01-2018 06:02 PM

Nice looking stuff. If you could connect a woodworker with someone that’s lusting for a slab table but doesn’t have the skills or tools.
You could do well.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 12-01-2018 06:27 PM

I have seen slab tables for $40,000 in Seattle.

- Phil32

A lot depends on your local market. Yes We love our live edge slab stuff here, especially if the piece has some provenance that it was grown locally in the Pacific NW but we also have the other part of the equation…. thousands of Microsoft, Amazon and other wealthy tree huggers with lots of disposable income that will pay top dollar for it without a second thought. And we can also get an 8’ maple or walnut slab that is flat, dry and epoxy filled for $300.

Beauallen – Welcome to ljs. Hold your camera horizontally and your pictures will post in the right orientation.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 12-01-2018 11:18 PM

Andybb – That was my point – there are too many variables to define what the slabs might sell for, or where they can be marketed. My stepson in the Seattle area has had two large trees slabbed (in the process of building a home on forested land). They are stacked, stickered, and protected from the weather, but he has no plans for what to do with them. It may be months or years before they are ready.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#10 posted 12-02-2018 12:18 AM

If it was my wood I’d cut it into turning blocks instead. Most of the species you mentioned make terrific bowls with great grain patterns. I love monkey pod and rosewood. Search the internet. There are others in your area who do just that.

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#11 posted 12-02-2018 03:20 PM

I’d be careful not to run afoul of CITES with any of the rosewood. It’s obviously not being imported, and not being slashed out of a rain forest for quick profit, but it is a point that I would be checking out before I sold any of it.

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#12 posted 12-04-2018 01:39 PM

Advantage Lumber in Sarasota may be interested. There is a woodworking club in Tampa that has a bandsaw mill but I don’t remember which one. The club will probably be at the Tampa Wood show this January.

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